United Airlines will open its newly renovated Boarding Area E in Terminal 3 at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2014 with new features including spacious waiting spaces, interactive displays and extensive shopping and dining options.
The 68,000 square feet Boarding Area E will offer 10 gates for United customers and will be capable of handling over 50 departures and 50 arrivals a day.
The new boarding area will feature ample waiting areas with natural lighting through windows, skylights and clerestories. It will offer sweeping views of the airfield and the Bay Area from its 23-foot-high window wall.
The airline plans to shift its existing Terminal 1 Boarding Area B operations to Terminal 3 by mid-May of 2014.
Other features of the new Boarding Area E include –
- The “Flight Deck” – an interactive information and entertainment area for customers;
- Comfortable seating including the iconic Fritz Hansen “egg” chairs and swivel lounge chairs;
- Dining and concession options from Bay Area vendors, such as Klein’s Deli;
- Complimentary WiFi Internet access;
- Nine state-of-the-art work stations and access to over 375 power outlets;
- The airport’s second yoga room (the first is in Terminal 2);
- An interactive kids’ play area designed by Bay Area artist Eric Staller.
- Interactive way-finding displays that allow the download of important airport information directly to passengers’ phones;
- Spacious restrooms with private dressing areas;
- Private nursing area with comfortable loungers for mothers and children;
The next phase of the project will be the connecting concourse between Boarding Area E and Boarding Area F. This concourse will include a state-of-the-art security checkpoint with up to 10 lanes and new “wait time” technology, an additional 3 gates, and expanded concessions and guest amenities.
United is also adding other facilities at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3. These include a new reception area for the Global Services passengers and a new check-in area for MileagePlus Premier passengers. A new United Club lounge is scheduled to open in summer 2015.
United is also constructing a new Station Operations Center for managing its departures, arrivals and customer service at the airport. The facility is scheduled to open in April 2014.
United is the largest airline operating at San Francisco International Airport, with nearly 300 daily flights to 90 destinations worldwide. From San Francisco, United operates 30 daily nonstop flights to 20 international destinations.
The airline will launch nonstop flights to Taipei, Taiwan in March and to Chengdu, China, in June from San Francisco.